Stopping in Spier, Stellenbosch

Happy New Year! It is 2017 and my first blog post of the year, yay 🙂 hope you enjoy.

We woke up nice and early to get ready to leave Camps Bay and get an Uber into Cape Town to pick up our car.  There seems to always be a massive queue when you go to any car hire abroad.  The Brits were out in force.  We had planned to get there early so we could get on the road to Stellenbosch but sadly we had to queue.  However this turned out to be a good thing! We got a cheeky upgrade.  We always end up with old man cars but this time we got a Renault Captur which was pretty nippy.

Once we set up Sally Sat Nav it was time to get on the road.  We had just an hour drive to Stellenbosch but we wanted to take a nice route which took slightly longer but was so worth it.  A few days earlier we had been told about a beach called Llandudno.  Hubby is Welsh and we had to stop to see its sister town.  Very tropical in comparison.

We needed to stock up on water and snacks next which turned into a hot dog from the Spar. This hot dog wasn’t pork and to this day I don’t know what animal I ate but it tasted so good.  Sorry animal.

After winding through the mountains and nature reserve we came back to the coastline.  The sun was shining in the window and I had my Christmas playlist on. It’s a strange feeling listening to Let It Snow in blazing sunshine! Jon did well letting me listen to Christmas songs on this journey. Our fav had to Feliz Navidad.

We arrived at Spier just after lunch and were taken care of the second we walked in the door.  The first question they ask is “red or white wine?” which is the only question one should be asked when staying on a vineyard!  We were taken by gold buggy to our room which was a Garden View Room. Stunning! As this was our Honeymoon, Spier gave us a free wine and chocolate tasting so we had to do that straight away.

We had it all; reds, whites, rose and fizz. The wine was paired with chocolates and it surprisingly worked. We enjoyed this tasting so much we decided to do another one. Oh we were rather merry. It then felt like a good idea to get another bottle of wine and chat with a couple we had met during the tasting.  We had some drinks on the bank of a lake in the sun before making our way back to our room.  That night we went for a nice meal, vaguely remember this, and then we crashed!

The next day we were treated to a Spier breakfast. They had everything you could need, eat and drink.  Also, it was all delicious! With full tums we went to explore the farm. Below are some pics from our trek and visit to the animal sanctuary.  After our walk we picked up some yummies from the deli and had a picnic in our garden.

We booked to do the sunset segway tour around the vineyard and lucky for us no one else had booked to do it.  Our guide was amazing! He took us through the rows of grapes and explained which grapes made a variety of wine and where they grew best.  Sadly we couldn’t have any wine up near the mountains to enjoy the view. Below are some pics from the trip.

After watching the sunset we had reservations for the restaurant Eight and we were so excited! The restaurant concept is from farm to table so all ingredients were sourced on the farm or in the local town.  I had braised ox cheek gnocchi which was so delicious and rich.  I enjoyed it with a glass of Spier Cape Method fizz.  It was delicious and one of my favourites. We ended the meal with the panna cotta. The strawberries were so fresh!

We had to get back to our room to pack and have an early night as the next day we were heading to Oudtshoorn. We left Spier at 7am and were sent on our way with a breakfast hamper to keep us going on our 5 hour drive!

Come back for the next blog when we went to the ostrich farm 🙂 I helped hatch a baby ostrich!

Kirsty 🙂





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